So April is upon us and along with it Autism Bewareness Month (I stand by that word choice). Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day and I am already feeling suffocated by all of the faux awareness. Awareness would be great if it actually meant that people were actually educating themselves about the realities of autistic … Continue reading

No, School is Not a Personal Investment

Your money neither qualifies nor entitles you to make educational decisions. Schools are not a marketplace. You do not get to put money in and then make whimsical demands on what comes out. You want to call all the shots in exchange for your payment? Go to a frozen yogurt bar. At least that way you’re the only one who has to deal with your uninformed decisions.

Paying for Powdered Eggs When You Already Own Chickens

Trump has released his proposed FY 2018 Federal Budget, and - surprise, surprise - it's a disgrace. Government budgets are moral documents, making the priorities of a governing body plain for all to see. No matter what a politician may say during a campaign, you can tell what they actually care about by looking at what … Continue reading Paying for Powdered Eggs When You Already Own Chickens

10 Racist Things Teachers Do and 10 Liberating Things to do Instead

I have done racist things while teaching. It sucks to admit that (and it sucks worse that I was racist), but I have to be clear and honest about that for two reasons. One, if I am going to be part of this liberation movement, then I have to be reflective and honest about whether … Continue reading 10 Racist Things Teachers Do and 10 Liberating Things to do Instead

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Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School

This week, #45 rolled back federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school facilities in accordance with their gender identity. Now, 45 had said during his campaign that he was not interested in repealing Obama's executive order on this issue, but it appears that he was quite easily swayed by his cabinet. And even … Continue reading Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School

Parenting Habits of Highly Queer People

Fun fact time! I am queer, and super happy about it! Less fun fact: My queerness is often rendered invisible thanks to marriage and heteronormativity. On a day-to-day basis, this is not a big problem, because the people who are closest to me are fully aware of my sexual and romantic identities, and are the type … Continue reading Parenting Habits of Highly Queer People

Reading Liberation: The Best Social Justice Books for Pre-Schoolers

We're big readers in this family. My dad once told me, "For me, not being able to read would be like not being able to see." The smell of my favorite used book store is as comforting to me as the smell of Christmas cookies. Miles won me over because he understood my reference to Herman … Continue reading Reading Liberation: The Best Social Justice Books for Pre-Schoolers

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As the South Goes, So Goes the Nation.

Hey fam. How are you doing lately? If my social media feeds are anything to go off of, you've probably cycled through some of the following emotions recently: shock, anger, determination, shock, anger, sadness, fear, shock, empathy, shock, subjugation, shock that you're still able to feel shock, rebellion, waves of despondence, then maybe some hope after a search … Continue reading As the South Goes, So Goes the Nation.

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What Cosmos and a Dog Tell Us About Standardized Testing

I love science. Not just in the facebooky "I fucking looooove science, look at this crazy fangly fish!" way (although I totally do that, too). I love science the way my born-again friends love Jesus. I believe in science, I have faith in its reality and ability to enrich our lives, and I am dedicated to … Continue reading What Cosmos and a Dog Tell Us About Standardized Testing